Spunk Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Elijah's role in the story?

2. Who is clinging to Spunk in Chapter 2?

3. What is the major topic of gossip in Chapter 1?

4. Why do Walter and Elijah admire Spunk?

5. What does Joe say he plans to use to hurt Spunk?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you feel sorry for Joe? Why or why not?

2. What is the wake for Spunk like?

3. How is Lena characterized in Chapter 1? Do you think this is a favorable description?

4. How does Spunk's occupation seem to be appropriate for his character?

5. What is the climax of Hurston's story?

6. Do you admire Spunk or despise him? Why?

7. What role do Walter and Elijah play in this story?

8. At what point does Spunk become paranoid that Joe is haunting him? How does this relate to his occupation?

9. Describe the differences between Joe and Spunk.

10. How is the fact that Spunk is not able to use his gun to kill the bobcat ironic?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify at least three instances of foreshadowing in Hurston's novel. Why would these instances be included? How would the story change if they had not been included?

Essay Topic 2

What does the Bradley house symbolize? What do you think Hurston was trying to communicate to readers by including this element in the story?

Essay Topic 3

How does Hurston incorporate the concept of man versus self in the novel? Which character do you think is the best example of man versus self, and why?

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